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Cluster in the Department of Biomedical Engineering

Medical imaging is a broad field that develops and applies imaging technology and image processing to study biological and physiological phenomena at all scales, from the molecular to the organ level, to detect disease, to plan and monitor treatment, and to guide surgery. This cluster is focused on the development of technologies and approaches for detection and treatment of cancer and for image-guided surgery, including Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), nuclear imaging, X-ray CT and ultrasound;  the development of optical coherence tomography, atomic force microscopy and optical technologies for high resolution imaging of tissues and organs; and medical applications of lasers and other forms of energy for treatment, diagnosis, and stimulation; the characterization of physiological function in the ear, eye, brain and other organs. The cluster will be composed of a collaborative group of faculty from the Department of Biomedical Engineering in the College of Engineering and several others across the university, primarily in the School of Medicine and the College of Arts and Sciences.  In addition, interactions will include partners in other universities and industry.  We intend to set up a collaborative center of excellence at the University of Miami with activities including extensive collaborative research with shared instrumentation facilities, education through coordinated coursework and workshops, seminars and discussion groups, and social networking events.

COE Thrusts SupportedHealth, Data

Graduate Courses Offered:  The educational program in this area includes the medical physics program, in collaboration with the Department of Radiation Oncology. Biochemistry and cellular physiology for engineers (BME 601); Human physiology for engineers (BME 602); Neurophysiology for engineers (BME 603); Introduction to Medical Robotics (BME 610); Regulatory control of biomedical devices (BME 612); Biomedical systems engineering (BME 613); Medical imaging systems: X-ray and CT (BME 620); Medical imaging systems: MRI, NMI and Ultrasound (BME 621); Scanning Electron Microscopy for engineers (BME 622); Biomedical optical instruments (BME 645); Medical applications of lasers (BME 646); Microcomputer-based medical instrumentation (BME 640); Advanced biomedical signal processing (BME 670); Radiation biology and physics (BME 681); Radiation therapy physics (BME 682); Radiation protection (BME 684); Finite element analysis for engineers (BME 687); Application of computers in medicine (BME 713); Advanced medical imaging (BME 729); Biomedical optical imaging and diagnostics (BME 745); Radiation dosimetry and physics (BME 781); Radiation therapy physics clinical rotation (BME 783); Medical physics journal club (BME 784).

Number of PhD Students and Research Personnel: 15 PhD students (AY 29-20)

Faculty Participants
Coordinator:  Weizhao Zhao and newly hired faculty

BME Members (Tenured, Tenure-track only): Fabrice Manns, Weizhao Zhao, Noel Ziebarth, Others to Be Hired.

Other Departments & Schools (draft listing): Several departments and institutes at the School of Medicine, including Radiology, Radiation Oncology, Neurology, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Miami Project To Cure Paralysis, McKnight Brain Institute; as well as faculty from computer science and psychology.